Kevin Smith returns to the City of Sioux Falls Planning Department, with a promotion to boot

Only in the bizarro world of cruise control government these things occur;

Smith will serve as assistant director of planning and development services under director Jeff Eckhoff.

So Smith works in the private sector for 6 years and returns to public service with a promotion. WOW. Only after some certain people have mysteriously disappeared and rumors of several retirements the chess pieces start to move around. It seems Paul’s administration is getting so desperate he is calling up old employees to come back. Pretty soon he will hire MMM to be his consultant 🙂

Mayor Stoneless wouldn’t know leadership if he was hit with it over the head with an Ironman medal.

And nothing against Kevin. I heard last month he was returning. I learned a long time ago, most city managers, especially directors and assistant directors are animals of opportunity. I was surprised Kevin lasted 6 years in the private sector.

I heard our former, former, Fire Chief mows golf courses.


#1 D@ily Spin on 08.03.21 at 8:41 am

Just in time to hang out a year in a high position for a full gold plated city retirement.

#2 Mike Lee Zitterich on 08.03.21 at 3:11 pm

technically, when Kevin Smith left, he was the City Code Enforcement Officer, prior to that, he was Assistant Director of Public Works, so he really has not taken a promotion. Technically in 2010 he stepped down from Mark Cotter’s assistant to become a “manager” while leaving a few years later.

#3 Very Stable Genius on 08.03.21 at 3:43 pm

This is often the trait of politicians who hate government and policy, but yet want to control it. It’s like the Bushes with Cheney and Rumsfeld. Why do think Ford brought back the Bronco? It’s like a corporate mentality embedded into public policy.

( and Woodstock adds: “‘mows golf courses’?”…. “I think I know who you are talking about”… “He’s a workaholic”… “He once sold me Golden Apples at HyVee after a golden parachute”…. )